Maryland 4-H strives to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive in the programming offered and the opportunities provided for all 4-H'ers. The following resources are helpful guides to be used by everyone in 4-H. 


Racial Equity Resources for Youth

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Social Justice Resources

4-H Diversity Curriculum & Activities

Suggested Readings

  • Bennett, M. J. (1986). A developmental approach to training for intercultural sensitivity. International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 10(2), 179–196.

  • DiAngelo, Robin J. (2018) White fragility: Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism. Boston: Beacon Press.

  • Fields, N. & Nathaniel, K. (2015a). Our role in and responsibility toward social justice. Journal of Extension, 53(5), 5COM2. Freire, P. (1970/2012). Pedagogy of the oppressed. New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 

  • Gay, G. (2010). Culturally responsive teaching: Theory, research and practice (2nd edition). New York: Teachers College Press.

  • Ginwright, S. & Cammarota, J. (2002). New terrain in youth development: The promise of a social justice approach. Social justice, 29(4), 82-95.

  • Jean-Marie, G., Normore, A. & Brooks, J. (2013). Leadership for social justice: Preparing 21st-century school leaders for a new social order. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 4(1), 1-31. 

  • Ladson-Billings, G. (1995). But that’s just good teaching! The case for culturally relevant pedagogy. Theory into Practice (34)3, 160-165. 

  • Sadd, L. (2020). Me and white supremacy: Combat racism, change the world and become a good ancestor. 

  • Sensoy, O. and DiAngelo, R. (2012). Is everyone really equal? New York: Teachers College Press. Illinois: Sourcebooks

Fact Sheets on Disabilities